Invisalign is a relatively easy and discreet treatment that straightens teeth using a series of removable plastic aligners. Offering numerous benefits, it is extremely popular amongst our adult clientele who want the luxury of a virtually invisible treatment. However, more and more parents are asking: Does Invisalign work for kids?

While there are many advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces, every child is different, and the success of this treatment will vary depending on a number of factors. Here are the benefits of Invisalign for children, and how we decide if it’s the right solution for your child.

The benefits Invisalign for your child:

  • Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is meant to be taken out during teeth cleaning. This means your child will not need to make any major adjustments to their regular dental routine. They can continue to keep teeth clean and healthy, and reduce the risk of cavities or gum disease.
  • Another serious benefit is that Invisalign aligners should be removed for all meals. This means your child’s diet is not restricted, and Invisalign will not interfere with everyday life.
  • Children and teens often don’t want braces due to aesthetic reasons, and can feel extremely self-conscious with braces or crooked teeth. Invisalign is almost invisible, so can remove this potential source of anxiety.
  • Finally, Invisalign is often more comfortable and less painful for kids to wear, as there is no risk of broken brace brackets.

How do we decide if Invisalign is the right treatment for your child?

While there is no exact criteria that we use, there are a few universal things that we always consider to see if your child is a good candidate for Invisalign. These include…

Age

There is no specific age that determines when a child is right for Invisalign. However, older children and teens are usually more viable candidates. Alignments must be worn 22 hours of the day, so your child needs to be mature enough to keep their trays in their mouth for the right amount of time, and not leave them on their nightstand or at the bottom of their bag.

Each Invisalign aligner tray has tiny blue compliance indicators on them that begin to fade the more your child wears them. This means that you and your dentist can easily check that your child wears their aligners frequently enough.

Teeth positioning

We recommend Invisalign for kids who have lost all of their baby teeth and have a full set of permanent teeth. We do not advise it for children whose mouths are still growing and developing, or for any child who has significant tooth decay or damage.

Though the second and third molars (otherwise known as wisdom teeth) do not need to have erupted, we check to make sure that all of your child’s permanent incisors and first molars have erupted through the gum. Usually, we will X-Ray the patient’s mouth to assess the position of the teeth and check how much space is needed for remaining teeth to come through.

We always make sure that we choose the best and most appropriate dental treatment for your child. If you are considering Invisalign as a parent, Whistler Dental would be happy to discuss our recommendations and help you to decide if the treatment is right for your child.  You can book an appointment, or if you have any further questions regarding Invisalign, please get in contact! You can find all of our contact details here.